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WWII items found amid Indianapolis blast debris

– A Purple Heart and an American flag that belonged to an Indianapolis house explosion victim’s father have been found in his ruined home.

Fire Capt. Rita Burris says investigators found the military medal and flag that belonged to Glenn Olvey’s father Friday in Olvey’s heavily damaged home.

Indianapolis Homeland Security Chief Gary Coons returned the items to Olvey, whose father was a World War II veteran.

The mementoes were found Friday, the same day investigators also located the Olvey family’s cat inside their damaged home. The black cat named Gidget had been missing since the fiery Nov. 10 blast that killed two people.

The Olveys had already recovered their three other pets. The family lives next door to the house where the blast is believed to have originated.

Meanwhile, an Indianapolis church that’s providing relief to victims of last weekend’s deadly neighborhood explosion has created a centralized website where donations can be made to the disaster’s victims.

Fire Capt. Rita Burris says Southport Presbyterian Church created the link “to allow donations to be distributed to those most in need, in a more timely manner.”

The centralized donation site is

The church on Indianapolis’ far-south side and any Indianapolis BMO Harris Bank branch are still accepting in-person donations for the explosion’s victims.

The Nov. 10 suspected natural gas explosion destroyed five homes and damaged about three dozen other homes.